Feb 5-11 2017 (week 06) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week


On this day Feb 5-11 2017 (week 06)

By Fiona Roberts

February 5, 2017 - February 11, 2017 - This week celebrates the New Hermitage Museum in Russia, the actress and socialist Zsa Zsa Gabor, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the birth of composer John Williams, the singer-songwriter Caole King, U.S. pilot Gary Powers and the detection of the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein.

February 5, 1852: The New Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and one of the largest museums in the world, opened to the public

February 6, 1917: Zsa Zsa Gabor, flamboyant U.S. actress and socialite famed more for her nine marriages than her movies, was born in Budapest. She died in December 2016

February 7, 1947: The main group of the Dead Sea Scrolls was discovered by Bedouin shepherds in caves at Wadi Qumran, on the shores of the Dead Sea

February 8, 1932: U.S. composer John Williams, whose well loved movie scores include Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T. and Jurassic Park, was born in New York

February 9, 1942: U.S. singer-songwriter Carole King was born in New York. With former husband Gerry Goffin she wrote many chart hits, including Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

February 10, 1962: Gary Powers, U.S. pilot of a U-2 spyplane shot down over the Soviet Union and imprisoned in 1960, was exchanged for KGB agent Rudolf Abel in Berlin

February 11, 2016: Scientists announced they had finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago

PUBLISHED: 23/01/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty, Associated Press
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